Showing posts with label The Nail Junkie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Nail Junkie. Show all posts

Monday, July 2, 2012

Watermelon Red by The Nail Junkie!

DO NOT ADJUST YOUR MONITOR! This red really is that bright! You may remember that I did a review on The Nail Junkie's Spring nail polish line, and was thrilled with it. Well, I am happy to report that Aleta has released a Summer collection.. and it is amazing! These shimmer jellies are bright and beautiful. This one, the Watermelon red, is an ultra bright, nearly-neon red with the perfect amount of shimmer. It is stunning! Plus, the application on it is a breeze.. Opaque and gorgeous in two coats.  I can't wait to see what The Nail Junkie comes up with next, as all of her polishes so far have been incredible. You can find out more about her polishes here. They are all (unsuprisingly!) sold out right now, but will be re-stocked. When they are, snag one (or all) of them.. you won't be disappointed.
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,

Disclosure: this polish was provided to me for review. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Artsy Wednesday: Sweets!

Time for another Artsy Wednesday nail art challenge! This week's theme was Sweets. Since it was a pretty broad topic, I had a hard time deciding what to do for this manicure.. So, I just did a bunch of candy on my nails! Lollipops and gumdrops and the like.
I used The Nail Junkie's Rose Pink as a base and then drew on the candies using my set of Migi Nail Art Pens. I also used some extra colors- Milani Rad Purple, Sally Hansen Parrot, and Orly Orange Punch, as well as a black Kiss Nail Art Pen. I like how it came out, reminds me of the board game Candy Land!
Be sure to check out the sweet creations of the other bloggers participating in Artsy Wednesday:

Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,

Disclosure: I purchased all mentioned products myself :o)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Indie Polish Spotlight! All that Glitters Hole Hearted

Its no secret that I'm a little obsessed with Indie nail polish.. The offerings found by independent polish makers are just so lovely and unique compared to a lot of what you find in stores. Today I have a really fun polish to show you, Hole Hearted by All That Glitters.
Hole Hearted is made up of small and medium black hexagonal glitter and large white heart-shaped glitter. Its a nice polish to use as a topper for all sorts of colors, here it is shown over The Nail Junkie's Daffodil Yellow. I put a matte topcoat on this manicure but it looks great shiny, too. I love collecting unique topcoats, they really multiply manicure possibilities!
What do you think of this polish?
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,

Disclosure: I purchased this polish myself for review :o)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Gnome Manicure! My Entry for the Neverland Nail Blog contest

Lindsey over at the Neverland Nail Blog is holding a nail art contest that ends April 29th. I absolutely love the theme- you must create a manicure that incorporates something magical! Some ideas Lindsey suggested are fairies and wizards... but I of course chose to do a GNOME manicure! I do love gnomes, after all.. Have you ever noticed the name of my blog?
So, here is what I came up with:
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What do you think? I hand painted the whole thing using just nail polish, as per the contest rules. Here are the colors I used:
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda, Model Behavior, and Parrot
Milani White on the Spot
Maybelline Racy Red
Essie Sand Tropez
Milani Black Nail Art Polish
Wet n Wild Sunny Side up
The Nail Junkie Daffodil Yellow
Wet n Wild Undercover Graffiti

I'm happy with how it turned out.. I absolutely love gnomes and woodland themes in general. I was thrilled to find a nail art contest that allowed me to incorporate those ideas!
Wish me luck, and thank you so much for reading!
All the best,

Disclosure: I purchased all mentioned polishes myself.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring 2012 Nail Polish Collection from The Nail Junkie!

Aleta, of the blog, has just released a gorgeous Spring nail polish line. This is her first foray into making her own polish, and the results are quite impressive!
Aleta released these polishes in a limited edition set, including 3 lovely pastel shades (a pink, purple and yellow), a green glitter topcoat, and a clear matte polish. She also included some free items with the purchase of the polishes.. felt glitter removal wipes, rose scented wax melts, lilac oil spray, and a jasmine sugar 
scrub. This was a really nice package to get in the mail, it was presented so
 nicely, and of course- full of goodies! Here is the package before I unwrapped it:
Isn't that adorable? One of the nicest things about buying this collection was how personal the whole experience was from start to finish. Aleta e-mailed me right away, letting me know when she would ship, and kept me informed along the way. She let me know when she had dropped the package off at the post office, and even e-mailed me a picture of my box all set and ready to go! The set even comes with a personalized certificate of authenticity. It was just really... nice! Also, 5 dollars from the purchase price went to charity, specifically . What a lovely gesture.

Here is what was inside the package:

I think that all the extras included were really thoughtful, and the whole thing was protected with Easter grass, so when you opened it up it was like a little Easter basket! The colors themselves are gorgeous... incredible pigmented, opaque in two coats, and they have such a beautiful, satiny finish. The green topcoat is a nice accent for all of the pastels. Swatched below are two coats of each color, one with and one without the glitter topcoat, as well as a swatch of just two coats of the glitter topper. All are topped with the clear matte polish that was included.
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These colors are wonderful.. They are soft and delicate but they each have a very subtle and interesting shimmer to them. I was also SO impressed with the yellow. I usually hate yellow polishes because they look terrible on me and apply awfully. This one applied like butter.. opaque in two coats and such a beautiful, flattering daffodil yellow. Below is a nail look I created using all of the polishes, plus a black nail art pen for the black detailing.
I love the finish on these, it is like a beautiful satin ceramic glaze. These are really wonderful, high quality polishes. I am so happy that I was one of the lucky few to be able to buy a set, and I am so excited to see what Aleta comes up with next! You can keep up with her at The Nail Junkie.
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,

Disclosure: I purchased this set myself for review :o)